Hello and welcome to the third installation of
THE STORY BEHIND the ART
If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.
This month I am very happy to introduce you to my dear friend Petra Kern from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Petra and I met online while taking Kelly Rae Roberts "Flying Lessons" e-course. I can't remember exactly how it all happened but I think it had something to do with me being enamored with her beautiful florals. We emailed, we Skyped and finally met in person at Surtex two years ago. We became fast friends and a year later, my husband and I were on our way to Slovenia for an unforgettable visit. Please read on to discover what inspires my talented friend from across the pond.
The 2 P's in Slovenia
The Story Behind the Art-Petra Kern
I have always been surrounded by nature. I live in a green country surrounded with Alps and sea and the eyes are always caught in a beauty of nature. Since I was a little girl, I love to observe the small world around me even if that means picking flowers from my mothers garden. This love stayed strong and I guess will go with me to the end. I ALWAYS find my inspiration outside and mostly surrounded with beautiful mountains - they have a great vibe for me and am drawn to their flora and fauna in every season .
Now as I work as designer I married the love for nature and it’s flora with the occasions I love working for - weddings and Christmas, which is another great love of mine.
Me at age 2 in my mothers garden playing with tulips and probably not knowing my mum is capturing the moment as evidence.
This October - the first snow in October above my fave spot. Lots of pines, foliage and striking views - who wouldn’t go home and paint her heart out?
Watercolor Delight - wedding invite for Minted
This card was inspired by the perfect chaos and layering that can always be found in nature. I wanted the invite to be gentle, yet powerful and dynamic.
Crafty Floral - photo card for Minted
I don’t see winter as a dull place to be. There are always evergreens, berries and dried flowers around us, you just have to find them. I love how this one turned out with the hint of festive gold.
Christmas Foliage for CVS
I work for a licensing studio A Fresh Bunch and this year we designed a lot of Christmas photo cards for CVS. This assignment was a little different but as always when I am in doubt I go sketching foliage and buds - they almost always landed somewhere.
If you want to see more of Petra's beautiful work just follow the links.